Rather than moving house and starting from scratch, many homeowners are looking to work with reputable architects in London to enhance their existing space. Whether you are looking to increase the size of your home to suit your growing family or plan to create extra living space for your home office, extra bedroom or children’s playroom, the options are endless.
Alongside enhancing your home for more space day to day, investing into an extension can provide great return when it comes to selling; increasing the value of your property and adding extra appeal to potential buyers.
With so many options available when it comes to home extensions, how do you decide on the best approach for your needs? There are a variety of different factors to consider, ranging from local regulations to the budget available for your project. We delve into the top 3 types of home extensions to help you make an informed decision.
Single Storey Extensions
A single storey extension creates a new space which adjoins to a property across a single floor. Whether this is added onto the front of a home to create a larger living space with floor to ceiling windows or on the back of a property leading out to the garden, the design can be catered to your requirements. We love the look of open plan living spaces, allowing the whole family to move freely and enjoy each other’s company whatever they may be doing. Although an extension will reduce the amount of outdoor space available, the benefits incurred can outweigh this by creating a whole new living space to enjoy day in and day out.
Double Storey Extensions
Similarly to the above, a double storey extension expands a home by adjoining to the property but instead of a single floor, the extension is built across two levels. Building upwards is a great way to increase living space, enlarging the home across two levels to offer further potential. In addition to expanding the home downstairs, a double storey extension offers the opportunity for a new bedroom, office space or room extension upstairs. Particularly popular for families with new additions, the extra area allows more privacy and personal space for the family to make use of.
Wrap Around Extensions
Where space is not a luxury or to maximise the space potential of an extension, a wrap around extension is built around the back and side of a property to create an L shape. This method allows homeowners to get the most space from their extension without eating into too much of their garden space. The popular options for wrap around extensions include enlarging the kitchen area, creating a downstairs bathroom or creating a utility room to avoid feeling cramped or restricted.
There are no one size fits all approaches when it comes to extensions; each home will require a new level of work dependant on the property itself and surrounding space. Planning permission may also be required before any work commences so be sure to check with your local council to gain a clearer idea on the regulations.